Famous People Born In 1945

Discover the most famous people born in 1945. The list includes people like Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rod Stewart, Neil Young and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, guitarists, composers and journalists born in 1945. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & Canada and many more countries.
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Bob Marley
(Jamaican Singer, Musician and Songwriter Who is Considered One of the Pioneers of Reggae)
Bob Marley
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Listed In: Reggae Singers
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: April 11, 1981

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who sold 20 million records in his career. He was the first international star to come from the ‘Third World’ and is considered one of the forerunners of reggae. A fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady was his music’s hallmark. Marley died due to cancer at the age of 36.

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Tom Selleck
(Best Known for His Role of 'Thomas Magnum' in the TV Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
Tom Selleck
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Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

An actor famous for his rugged good looks, Tom Selleck is best known for playing tough police officers and investigators in TV shows and films. Even though he has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, he finally gained stardom only in the 1980s and continues to be a popular actor to date.

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Steve Martin
(Actor, Comedian, Writer and Musician)
Steve Martin
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Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States

A man of many talents, Steve Martin is a successful comedian, actor, and musician. In 2004, he was ranked sixth in Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics list. Despite achieving great fame and success as a comedian and actor, Steve decided to pursue a career in music and began appearing seldom in films to record and tour with bluegrass acts.

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Goldie Hawn
(Actress Best Known for Her Films: 'Cactus Flower' and 'Private Benjamin')
Goldie Hawn
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Goldie Hawn is one of the most prolific actresses of Hollywood with a career spanning decades. Death Becomes HerPrivate BenjaminOverboardThe First Wives ClubThe Banger Sisters and The Sugarland Express are some of her notable films. She won an Oscar for the 1969 film Cactus Flower. She has been in a long relationship with actor Kurt Russel.

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Helen Mirren
(The Only Performer to Have Achieved the 'Triple Crown of Acting' in Both the US and the UK)
Helen Mirren
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Helen Mirren is one of the most respected and decorated actresses from England. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Triple Crown of Acting. Before achieving greatness, Mirren fought drug addiction during her 20s. She has also said that she is a naturist at heart and was named by British Naturism as Naturist of the Year in 2004.

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Eric Clapton
(One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time)
Eric Clapton
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 30th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ripley, England

Eric Clapton, the rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. In the 1970s, he recorded a number of successful solo albums and continued to do so over the next several decades and is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had issues with alcohol and drugs.

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Aung San Suu Kyi
(Former State Counsellor of Myanmar (2016 - 2021) and Winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize)
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is credited with co-founding the National League for Democracy, which eventually ended the rule of Myanmar's military junta. In 1999, she was named one of the Children of Gandhi by Time magazine for enduring almost 15 years of house arrest for the greater good of Myanmar.

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Rod Stewart
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Rod Stewart
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highgate

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

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Henry Winkler
(Actor and Comedian)
Henry Winkler
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Henry Winkler delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance as Fonzie in Happy Days and an Emmy-winning performance in Barry. His other major projects include Childrens Hospital, Royal Pains, and Arrested Development. He is also known for playing Captain Hook on stage and for authoring the Hank Zipzer series of children’s books.
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John Lithgow
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

A Harvard alumnus and a Fulbright scholar, John Lithgow began his career with Broadway and later also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Known for his Emmy-winning performances in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter, and The Crown, Lithgow is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.

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Rodrigo Duterte
(President of Philippines)
Rodrigo Duterte
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Listed In: Presidents
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maasin, Philippines

The current president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte took office at age 71, making him the oldest president of the country. His war on drugs has had a major impact in the Philippines. Known for his straightforward attitude in public, Duterte has admitted to killing three men in 1988 in an attempt to save a girl from being raped.

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John McAfee
(Computer Programmer and Businessman Who Wrote the First Commercial Anti-Virus Software)
John McAfee
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23, 2021

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

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Bob Seger
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Bob Seger
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Bob Seger, first gained fame in the 1960s as a heartland rock artist. Known for his classic raspy and powerful voice, he recorded many songs that dealt with themes like love and women. With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

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Debbie Harry
(Singer-Songwriter, Actress and Lead Vocalist of the Band ‘Blondie’)
Debbie Harry
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Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Debbie Harry is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Blondie, which pioneered the American punk rock and later the new wave genre. Also a well-known philanthropist, Debbie Harry works with charities that fight against endometriosis and cancer.

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Neil Young
(Rock Singer-Songwriter Famous As The 'Godfather of Grunge')
Neil Young
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

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Bette Midler
(Singer & Actress Known for her Chart Hits 'The Rose', 'Wind Beneath My Wings' and the Movie 'The Rose')
Bette Midler
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Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

A singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian, Bette Midler is one of the most decorated American celebrities of her generation. She has won prestigious awards like Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and Tony Award. Also known for her charity work, Bette Midler founded a non-profit organization called New York Restoration Project in 1995.

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Phil Jackson
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played As a 'Power Forward')
Phil Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Deer Lodge, Montana, United States

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

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Linda Hunt
(actor, stage actor, television actor, film actor)
Linda Hunt
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morristown
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Jaclyn Smith
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Kelly Garrett’ in the TV Series ‘Charlie's Angels’)
Jaclyn Smith
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Jaclyn Smith is best known as Kelly Garrett from the iconic series Charlie's Angels, and appeared in the same role in two Charlie’s Angels films later. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for the TV film Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She owns an apparel brand and has battled breast cancer.
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Priscilla Presley
(American Entrepreneur and Ex-Wife of Elvis Presley)
Priscilla Presley
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Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
The former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley’s career actually began after divorce. She set up a successful clothing boutique, launched her own line of fragrance and linen and established herself as an actor with projects like The Naked Gun and Dallas. She also worked to convert Graceland estate, Elvis Presley’s residence, into a famous tourist attraction in US.
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Davy Jones
(Musician)
Davy Jones
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Openshaw, Manchester, England
Died: February 29, 2012
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Van Morrison
(Singer)
Van Morrison
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 31st August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

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Ernie Hudson
(Actor)
Ernie Hudson
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Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
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Pete Townshend
(Co-Founder and Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Who')
Pete Townshend
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Pete Townshend is an English guitarist, composer, and singer. He is credited with co-founding and leading one of the most influential and important rock bands of the 20th century, The Who. Also an influential guitarist, Pete Townshend was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time list published in 2011.

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Tony Dow
(Film Producer and Actor Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Leave It to Beaver')
Tony Dow
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Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: July 27, 2022
Tony Dow is best known as Wally Cleaver from the long-running sitcom Leave It to Beaver and its sequel. He also created abstract bronze sculptures and was a Junior Olympics diving champion. 
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Loni Anderson
(Actress)
Loni Anderson
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Loni Anderson is best known for her Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated performance as Jennifer Marlowe in WKRP in Cincinnati. She has also voiced Blondie Bumstead in two TV films, and has appeared in films such as A Night at the Roxbury. She later raised awareness about COPD, a lung disease.
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Franz Beckenbauer
(One of the Greatest Football Players in the History of the Sport)
Franz Beckenbauer
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: January 7, 2024
German former footballer Franz Beckenbauer spent most of his career with Bayern Munich, winning championships such as the European Cup. He won the World Cup for West Germany twice, first as a player in 1974 and then as a manager in 1990. He was also a Sky Germany analyst.
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Vincent McMahon
(Owner, Chairman and CEO of the WWE (1982 - 2002))
Vincent McMahon
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

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Diane Sawyer
(Broadcast Journalist Known for Anchoring News Shows 'ABC World News Tonight' and 'Good Morning America')
Diane Sawyer
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Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
The first female corrrespondant on 60 Minutes, a trailblazer for female journalists, a former co-host of Good Morning America and an aid to President Richard Nixon where she assisted in post-presidency memoirs, Diane Sawyer has many feathers in her cap. She bagged in a Daytime Emmy Award and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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Patch Adams
(Physician)
Patch Adams
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Birthdate: 28th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown, comedian, author, and social activist. Credited with founding the Gesundheit! Institute, Adams advocates an alternative health care model. He also organizes volunteers who travel to various countries every year in order to bring a smile to the faces of patients, orphans, and other people.

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Micky Dolenz
(Vocalist and Drummer for the 1960s Pop-Rock Band ‘The Monkees’)
Micky Dolenz
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Birthdate: 8th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Micky Dolenz has been a vocalist and drummer of the pop/rock band The Monkees, which is known for its hits such as Last Train to Clarksville. He had started his career as a child actor, with Circus Boy, and later also appeared on the TV show named after The Monkees
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Pat Riley
(American Professional Basketball Executive, Former Coach, and Former Player)
Pat Riley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, New York, United States

Pat Riley is a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Currently, he is a professional basketball executive and has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995. He is considered one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time and is a recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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James Avery
(Film actor)
James Avery
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Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 31, 2013
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Tammi Terrell
(Known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye)
Tammi Terrell
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 29th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 16, 1970
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Bianca Jagger
(Nicaraguan Social and Human Rights Advocate & Wife of Singer Mick Jagger)
Bianca Jagger
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 2nd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan social rights advocate. She is credited with founding the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, where she is currently serving as the chairperson. For her work as a humanitarian, Jagger has received several awards, including the Champion of Justice Award. A former actress, Jagger appeared in many movies and TV shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Don McLean
(Singer-songwriter)
Don McLean
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
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Lemmy
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Motörhead')
Lemmy
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Died: December 28, 2015

Lemmy was an English musician who founded the popular rock band Motörhead. The only continuous member of Motörhead, Lemmy served as the band's lead singer, primary songwriter, and bassist. Renowned for his gravelly voice, which was counted among the most recognizable voices in rock, Lemmy is also remembered for his military-influenced fashion sense and his signature friendly mutton chops.

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Björn Ulvaeus
(Composer, Pop Singer and a Member of the Musical Group 'Abba')
Björn Ulvaeus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Singer and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus is perhaps best known as a member of the ABBA, one of the most successful musical groups of all time. Equally famous as a co-composer and co-producer of several films and musicals, he is currently serving as the President of CISAC, trying to ensure that creators are fairly compensated and properly credited for their works.

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John Walsh
(television presenter, actor)
John Walsh
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auburn
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Anne Murray
(The First Canadian Female Solo Singer to Reach No. 1 on the U.S. Charts)
Anne Murray
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springhill, Canada
Canadian singer Anne Murray became the first Canadian female solo artist with No. 1 tracks on the American charts and the first to get a “gold” certification. The four-time Grammy-winning artist is best known for hits such as Snowbird and is part of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Gerd Müller
(One of the Greatest Football Goal Scorers of All Time)
Gerd Müller
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: August 15, 2021
German footballer Gerd Müller, also known as "Bomber der Nation," had a successful stint with Bayern Munich. His score of 85 goals in a single year was broken by Lionel Messi after 4 decades. He scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
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Dusty Rhodes
(One of the Greatest Wrestlers and Talkers in the History of Professional Wrestling)
Dusty Rhodes
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Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: June 11, 2015
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Adrienne Barbeau
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

Adrienne Barbeau is best known for her Theater World Award-winning portrayal of Rizzo in the Broadway musical Grease. Fans also loved her in horror and sci-fi films such as The Fog and Swamp Thing, and as Carol Traynor in the series Maude. She also voiced Catwoman in various Batman series.

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Donny Hathaway
(American Soul Singer, Keyboardist and Songwriter)
Donny Hathaway
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 13, 1979
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Anni-Frid Lyngstad
(One of the Founding Members and Lead Singers of the Swedish Pop Band ABBA)
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

Anni-Frid Lyngstad is a Norwegian-Swedish environmentalist, singer, and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular Swedish pop band ABBA and popularizing the band by serving as its lead singer. In 2010, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, she received the Eskilstuna Music Prize for her contribution as an "icon."

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Dirk Benedict
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
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Rita Coolidge
(Musician)
Rita Coolidge
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
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Bubba Smith
(American football player)
Bubba Smith
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Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States
Died: August 3, 2011
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José Feliciano
(Puerto Rican Musician, Composer, and Singer)
José Feliciano
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lares, Puerto Rico

José Feliciano is a Puerto Rican musician, composer, and singer. He achieved international fame in 1968 after the release of his album Feliciano! Since then, José Feliciano has released more than 50 albums worldwide. Feliciano was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and 2013 respectively.

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Bryan Ferry
(Singer)
Bryan Ferry
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Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, England